Study Chemistry and Physics at SFC

Chemistry and Physics

Prepare for a Rewarding Career in the Natural Sciences

Overview

Chemistry and physics are fundamental to the understanding and exploration of the physical world. Professors in the Chemistry & Physics department at St. Francis College are proud to use a variety of methods to teach students complicated material; all in an effort to insure that each student masters the subject before moving on to the next topic.

It's a crucial point that helps SFC students understand modern science and technology, while preparing them for careers in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, as well as for medical school.

Alumni from St. Francis have moved on to top graduate programs as well as positions in:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Laboratory work
  • and other science-related professions.

The College also offers a concentration in Information Technology that prepares students to collect, disseminate, and analyze observational or experimental data.

Students can also enroll in the Pre-Professional Physician Assistant Program conducted with the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. This is an increasingly popular field with a numerous career opportunities. Students study for two years at St. Francis College, then begin clinical training at Downstate Medical Center. The baccalaureate degree is awarded by SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Courses & Program Info

Mission

Within the context of liberal education, the department provides courses to expose students to the information, knowledge, and methods that the physical sciences have to offer. In general, the purpose of the major is to prepare students for graduate and professional schools as well as for careers in the chemical, biotechnical or pharmaceutical industries. The department encourages Chemistry majors to fully explore the chemical sciences and allied fields through participation in research, seminars, and science-based clubs and activities. Department advisors assist students in exploring career possibilities and in devising a personalized plan of study that will best prepare them for their career goals.

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Faculty

Filomena Califano

Filomena Califano

Assistant Professor
Chemistry and Physics
Ruma Chowdhury

Ruma Chowdhury

Adjunct Professor
Chemistry and Physics
Gerard Davidson

Gerard Davidson

Assistant Professor
Chemistry and Physics, Honors
Robin Helburn

Robin Helburn

Associate Professor with Tenure
Chemistry and Physics
Thomas Quigley

Thomas Quigley

Emeritus Professor
Chemistry and Physics
Evelyn Wolfe

Evelyn Wolfe

Department Chairperson, Professor
Chemistry and Physics

News & Events

News

This is a Time For Us to Be Bold - President Martinez-Saenz Lays Out Vision for St. Francs College

In a deeply personal address with anecdotes about his family and an exploration of the mission of college education in the modern day, St. Francis College President Miguel Martinez-Saenz laid out an ambitious plan setting the College on a path of growth and transformation.

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The Inauguration of President Miguel Martinez-Saenz

The words of poet Maya Angelou were the first ones uttered by President Miguel Martinez-Saenz to a standing room only crowd of prospective students and their parents at the St. Francis College Open House in October. They knew, right away, this new president was energized with new ways to engage and educate the entire college community.

Now a few months into his tenure as the 19th President in its 160 year history, St. Francis College is proud to announce a series of events celebrating the inauguration of President Miguel Martinez-Saenz.

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Goals & Objectives

  • Provide the necessary background in chemistry and physics for students in programs such as pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-physician’s assistant, Biomedical Science, Medical Technology, Nursing, occupational therapy, diagnostic radiological science, and Biology.
  • Engage in scientific inquiry including critical and logical thinking.
  • Instruct students in correct laboratory procedures and assist them in developing an understanding of modern science and technology using state-of-the-art instrumentation.
  • Provide non-science majors with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of materials and technology as explained through the physical sciences.
Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue